Web site spotlight: All hospitals could benefit from hospitalist programs, say advocates

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, April 16, 2010

Hospitalist programs could help all types of institutions, according to speakers at the pre-course of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) annual meeting in Washington, DC, last week.

"I couldn't think of one institution that wouldn't benefit from [a hospitalist program]; it's pretty universal," said Martin B. Buser, MPH, FACHE, partner at Hospitalist Management Resources, LLC, in San Diego, CA.

Residency caps have contributed to an overflow of patients, which is one reason why the hospital medicine movement is considered the fastest growing medical specialty. Despite variations in institution size, the need for hospitalists exists everywhere, according to Buser. With growing numbers of patients, resident duty hour restrictions, and reduced primary care physician time in the hospital, many institutions have turned to the hospital medicine model as a solution.

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